Magnolias are especially beautiful when the back side of the leaf shows as shown above.
Once you have your garland in place, you might consider adding natural elements such as fruit or pine cones.
Mom's mantel 2011
If you still want more, add in figures or containers filled with baubles and flowers. I love how this display is balanced without being symmetrical.
Wreaths are another good option leaving room on the mantel for paper whites, candlesticks, etc.
Julep cups are beautiful filled with greenery or flowers marching down the mantel. These are flanked with amaryllis, beautiful! By the way, have you planted your paper whites & amaryllis yet?
Terracotta pots and burlap give this mantel a more rustic feel. The garland is made of ribbon pressed accordion style and threaded.
If you still want more color, bring in ribbon, wrapped packages, and colorful baubles.
So now it is your turn. How do you decorate your mantel?